The book Accelerate – The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations has been really important for Redgate over the past 12 months. It’s helped us find a software delivery language that teams and the wider company understand and buy into, and allowed us to compare how we’re performing against the best in the business.Read More Forget dumb productivity measures and focus on software delivery performance with Accelerate’s Four Key Metrics
This Wednesday, one of the teams I work with shipped a new version of their product – the DLM Dashboard – for the 10th Wednesday in a row. That’s 10 releases in the 10 weeks we’ve had of 2015 so far. Which is pretty cool.Read More Release Wednesdays
To some the Scaled Agile Framework seems like agile with it’s heart removed and the process turned up to 11; a set of guidelines and practices designed by consultancies to sell “Agile” to organisations undertaking large software development programmes. They believe it’s promises to synchronise, homogenise and constrain a legion of development teams are irresistible to companies that want […]Read More 5 benefits of the Agile Release Train for a single team
The ‘Agile Release Train’ has been popularised as part of the Scaled Agile Framework – a set of guidelines aimed to bring agile software development to the enterprise and programme delivery. In the framework, the train metaphor is used to describe a series of iterative releases set to a strict schedule that multiple teams must abide by […]Read More Laying the track as we go: New product development and the Agile Release Train
Last week, my team released a beta version of the product we have been working on for the last six months – SQL Lighthouse. This week, everyone on the team has been reminded how motivating it is to see an idea you’ve been working on start to gather recognition and, more importantly for us, users. At […]Read More Hello, SQL Lighthouse: Meaningful deadlines FTW
Back in August last year my team and decided to release our product on Wednesdays. In fact, I said we were going to release every Wednesday. At the time, our deployment processes were already automated, we were breaking our work down into small valuable chunks and our automated test suite was comprehensive, trustworthy and performant. […]Read More The success of weekly releases
I’ve heard people say that the decision regarding whether to automate software deployments is a ‘no-brainer’; “Every software development team should have a fully automated deployment process”. It’s not even a debate. It’s a declaration. It’s all well and good making that bold statement, but in actual fact there are only a relatively small percentage […]Read More If automating you software deployment process is a ‘no-brainer’, why isn’t everyone doing it?